Clinical waste is defined in the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992. It means any waste that consists wholly or partly of:
There are stringent controls in place to ensure that clinical waste is managed safely and is recovered or disposed of without harming the environment or human health. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is unlawful to deposit, recover or dispose of controlled (including clinical) waste without a waste management licence.
Contravention of waste controls is a criminal offence. Section 34 of the Act, places people concerned with controlled (including clinical) waste under a duty of care to ensure that the waste is managed properly, recovered or disposed of safely and is only transferred to someone who is authorised to keep it.
Wastesaver offers a clinical waste service, including provision of containers, collection and an incineration service:
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